On our 2 hour tour we introduce you to our area of Orlando West and take you around our neighboring communities. Stop and greet people, get to know the history and how these communities are today. Visit the former migrant workers’ hostel in Mzimhlophe and taste the home brewed beer together with the locals at the shebeen. Experience how migrant workers used to live and see the new developments that are happening today.
Continue the ride through the vibrant community of Meadowlands, and proceed to the Hector Pieterson Memorial, the historical landmark of the 1976 student’s uprising. Thereafter drive down famous Vilakazi street where Nelson Mandela used to live. On the way back to Lebo’s cruise along small streets to see the different areas and greet people along the way.
Both the 2 hours and 4 hours tour includes lunch which is either served after the tour – 10am slot – or before the tour – 1:00 pm slot. Lunch is served at our “Outdoor Restaurant” with seating in the community park. The meal is a delicious African stew cooked the traditional way – over the fire – served with the popular staple – Pap (maize porridge).
Start at Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers and get to the first stop which is a look out point of Orlando West and East. View the surroundings of the township including the famous soccer team Orlando Pirates home-ground – Orlando Stadium while the guide takes you through the history of Soweto as well as current developments and life today. Learn one of the many greetings to interact with people along the way!
Our next stop is at Mzhimhlope Men’s hostel – a former migrant workers hostel. The guide will take you through how mostly men from around the country moved in to Johannesburg and its townships to work in the gold mines, the conditions these men lived in and how the area has now transformed to a community part of Soweto. In this area, many are still practicing many of the African customs and traditions which you will learn more about.
The tour continues to Meadowlands where people were forced removed to from Sophiatown in Johannesburg in the 1950’s as the Apartheid state demolished racially integrated areas to segregate people according to skin colour and race.
We thereafter reach the Hector Pieterson memorial commemorating the student’s uprisings on 16 June 1976, when hundreds of children and youth lost their life when protesting against the Apartheid education system.
We continue to Vilakazi street where we stop at Nelson Mandela’s former home and the home of Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu to learn more about these icons contribution to a free and democratic South Africa. This is the last stop of the tour and we thereafter continue the cycle back to Lebo’s where you can take in more of Soweto, the community and its people.
- Traditional beer
- Lunch – on 10am and 1pm tour only!
- Museum entrances
- Drink for lunch
- Sun block.
- Rain jacket (during our rainy season: November-March).
- Pocket money for additional snacks on the road or souvenirs at the market.
- Comfortable shoes
- Extra sweater or rain jacket
- Hat for sunny days
- In winter (June-August): A couple of layers with a jacket or jersey as winter mornings starts of quite cold but as the day goes the weather usually warms up.